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In this edition:
* Experimenter Wednesday Announced for AO-92
* The AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions Web Page Updates
* 2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
* 2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11
* Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne Moves Another Step Closer to Flight
* ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* NASA's International Space Apps Challenge Coming October 18-20
* FO-29 Returns!
* AMSAT-DL Memorandum Regarding QO-100 Operation
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-272 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 272.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE September 29, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Experimenter Wednesday Announced for AO-92
The AO-92 Command Team announces that Experimenter Wednesday will
run on UTC Wednesday (begins Tuesday evening in North America) when
AO-92 will be commanded to operate in mode L/v for 24 hours. This
new schedule will be followed for an as of yet undetermined test
The frequencies for AO-92 L/V are:
Uplink: 1267.359 MHz FM with 67 Hz CTCSS tone for access
Downlink: 145.880 MHz FM (including DUV telemetry)
The mode change is announced by the command team via Twitter (follow
@AMSAT). You can view AMSAT tweets without needing an account with
Twitter - go to https://twitter.com/AMSAT
The tweets flow through to the AMSAT facebook page and and are plan-
ned to include amsat-bb. Also current status can be found on the
AO-92 health and telemetry page at:
[ANS thanks the AO-92 Command Team for the above information]
The AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions Web Page Updates
Information about AMSAT activities at important events around the
country is posted on the AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions web page:
Examples of these events are radio club meetings where AMSAT repre-
sentatives give presentations, demonstrations of working amateur
satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence such as a table or
booth with AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with pre-
sentations, forums, and/or demonstrations.
A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from
the page (above) - get the "AMSAT Intro Brochure", a color brochure
that is designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a tri-fold
handout. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office if you need pre-printed
To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration,
please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Ambassadors for the above information]
Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.
2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
Please join us for the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium, to be
held in the Washington, DC Metro Area on October 18, 19, and 20,
The Symposium venue will be the Hilton Arlington, located in the
heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. The Hilton
Arlington is located at 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington,
Virginia, 22203, USA TEL: +1-703-528-6000 and the reservation code is
AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation).
Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy and
effortless access to Washington DC's top tourist destinations like
the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and historic monuments. The
hotel is six miles from Reagan National Airport and the National Mall.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby.
The Symposium will feature OSCAR Park - a display of satellites from
throughout the history of amateur radio in space - paper
presentations, and a banquet with speakers celebrating AMSAT's long
history, and other events. The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will
be held on October 16th and 17th at the same hotel. Two guided tours
are available. On Sunday, October 20th a bus tour to the Smithsonian
Air & Space Museum is available for $30 (max 35 people) and on
Monday, October 21st, AMSAT President Joe Spier will lead a day tour
to the National Mall via the Metro.
So please plan on attending the 50th Anniversary Symposium - you
will be glad you did and keep checking the AMSAT website for further
updates and information.
The 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting features:
+ Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
+ Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
+ Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members (October 16-17)
+ Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
+ AMSAT Annual General Membership Meeting
+ Annual Banquet, Speakers and Door Prizes !!
The latest news and information is always posted at:
[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]
2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11
An on-line registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space
Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20,
2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through October 11, 2019
per the following schedule:
Registration September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019 .... $65 (on-line)
Registration at the Door .............................. $70
You can complete your registration on-line via the AMSAT Store:
This year, all registrants will receive a digital copy of the Proceed-
ings on a thumb drive. Attendees may purchase a hard copy for $25.00.
Non-attendees may put their name on a waiting list for a hard copy, if
there are any left over. The digital version of the Proceedings will
be made available on the online store shortly after the Symposium
Student Registration is 50% off and does not include the Proceedings.
[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]
Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne Moves Another Step Closer to Flight
Virgin Orbit LauncherOne's progress report this week says that the
rocket has been "been fully integrated, tested, checked, re-checked,
analyzed, and triple-checked". LauncherOne now is destined for a rig-
orous crucible of engineering demonstrations and tests at a test site
up in Mojave to begin Virgin Orbit's first proper launch campaign.
The orbital test flight rocket is currently being installed into a
newly built test stand in Mojave, where in the coming weeks it will
run through a number of critical exercises, including loading and
fueling with our mobile ground support equipment. The Virgin Orbit
team is prepping and practicing, making sure we know how to do every-
thing they could conceivably ever need to do. Then, it’s off to the
skies — first for a captive carry flight, and then for the launch
itself. The second flight of LauncherOne will carry RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E
Read the Virgin Orbit press release (with photos) posted at:
View a video of captive flight testing of LauncherOne
[ANS thanks Virgin Orbit for the above information]
Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
+ About Gagarin From Space, Meeting of 30 universities, Plovdiv,
Bulgaria, direct via LZ1KDP. The contact was successful.
+ ARISS Contact Colorado University/Northridge Elementary School Suc-
cessful. ARISS Mentor Bob, WB4SON reported that the September 24
contact between Astronaut Nick Hague and Northridge Elementary
School (Colorado University in Boulder) was a complete success. All
16 student questions were asked and answered. One of the teacher
questions was asked and answered before Claudio, IK6SLD, who's team
did a fantastic job at the ground station, completed the contact.
Thanks also to Charlie, AJ9N. who moderated the contact. Colorado
University Aerospace, The Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC), and
the University of Colorado Amateur Radio Club hosted the event and
did a wonderful job. (via WB4SON)
+ Sonoma County Main Library, Santa Rosa, CA, telebridge via K6DUE*
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-10-01 19:53:13 UTC
* Ed. note - K6DUE is located in Maryland, USA so the contact
will be audible over eastern portions of North America.
+ UAE school #3 with Space Flight participant, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Hazza Al Mansour
Contact is go for Wed 2019-10-02 09:45 UTC
+ AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium
Sat 2019-10-12 to Sun 2019-10-13
+ Watch for MAI-75 SSTV sessions:
Wed 2019-10-09 09:50 to 16:00 UTC
Thu 2019-10-10 08:45 to 16:25 UTC
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise
$150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. These up-
grades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astro-
nauts in space via Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone
with $33,830 raised or about 23% towards our goal. This would not have
been possible without your outstanding generosity!! For more informa-
tion and to DONATE TODAY visit:
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
[Ed. note - Twitter URLs can be accessed with your web browser
even if you do not have a personal Twitter account.]
Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming
+ EM87 Sept 27-30 N4DCW | Twitter: https://twitter.com/MWimages
+ EL07 Sept 29 K5IX | Twitter: https://twitter.com/K5IXdave
+ Brennan, N4QX, England (IO-91), October 1-3
Next week, October 1-3, work and facilities permitting: QRV on
the FM satellites as M/N4QX from grid square IO91. QSL *exclus-
ively* via Logbook of the World. Yeah, I know London isn't rare,
but it's where I will be.
+ #AMSATandAngling (DM15, DM06) October 11-13, 2019
Ed, KN6DBC, is going fishing (literally), but he is bring gear to
work FM Satellites. October 11 he’ll be in DM15, and October 12-13
in DM06. Visit Ken’s Twitter feed for specific pass schedule and
further updates: https://twitter.com/KN6DBC
+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – October 19, 2019
David AD7DB will re-visit the four grids near Kettleman City CA.
AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 will be used, with eastern passes a priority.
Maybe PO-101 if it’s on, and AO-85 if it’s not too finicky. Con-
tacts will be put on LOTW following the trip. Updates on Twitter:
+ FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (GN17) September 24 to October 8, 2019
Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon
(NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between
September 24 and October 8. This is his 13th trip to the island.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters (no 60M – not authorized) using CW,
SSB, RTTY, FT8 (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites.
He will generally be on the highest frequency band that is open
(favoring 12/10m). He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest
(September 28-29). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as
many Satellite passes as he can when the WX is good, generally
favoring the FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly the FM birds. Eric
states, “Equipment is two FT-817s and an Arrow dual band yagi.
I’ll favor the SSB birds usually higher in the passband, but will
also try FM if they do not get too busy. Satellite logging is by
paper so may not get loaded to LoTW until the week after I return
to the USA.” Weekends may be limited since he will be concentrat-
ing on the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by
the Bureau. Also eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW. For more details and up-
dates, check out his Web page at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/Sep19.html
+ D4, CAPE VERDE (Update/Satellite Op). Harald, DF2WO, will once
again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005),
between September 29th and October 13th. Activity will be holiday
style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and mostly the Digital modes.
(FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW.
Harald has been working hard in the last few months getting his
satellite station for QO-100 working and is now confident he will
use it from Cabo Verde. He will be using an Icom 7300, 2 Transvert-
ers with 3 watts output on EsHail using the QO-100 Geostationary
Satellite. He will also have a FT-450D into a homemade HEX BEAM
and a dipole for 40 meters. Please DO NOT send your card via the
Bureau it WILL NOT be received - To receive a bureau card you MUST
request via M0OXO OQRS ONLY! (Via Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1428)
+ WW0, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the Northern Colorado
Amateur Radio Club (NCARC), WWV ARC, RMHam, and FCCW along with the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will activate
special event station WW0WWV between September 28 and October 2 to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWV, the world's oldest contin-
uously operating radio station.
The WW0WWV station(s) will be set up adjacent to the WWV transmitter
site in Fort Collins, Colorado. Operations will be on various HF bands
following typical propagation, and will include 160 meters as well as
satellites (SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92) and 6-meter meteor scatter.
Modes will be CW, SSB and digital. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW,
or direct to the WWV Amateur Radio Club, 1713 Ridgewood Rd, Fort
Collins, CO 80526, USA. For more details, visit the following URLs:
(Via Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1428)
Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
[ANS Thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]
The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as a
DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store. Get yours today!
NASA's International Space Apps Challenge Coming October 18-20
NASA's International Space Apps Challenge has become the world's largest
global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use
NASA's open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on
Earth and in space.
Space Apps inspires local communities to come together, think intensely,
and create solutions to important problems. Each year, Space Apps engages
thousands of individuals in cities around the world to work with NASA's
open source data in a 48-hour sprint. Teams of technologists, scientists,
designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and others collaborate to answer some
of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space.
Space Apps 2019 will take place on October 18-20, 2019
On one weekend each year, with the help of NASA's Global Organizing Team
(fondly known as the GO Team), hundreds of local leads around the world
host events in a 48-hour sprint in which their participants hack solutions
to challenges that NASA proposes, creating games, smartphone and computer
apps, videos, teaching tools, and much more.
The challenges change each year within the theme of Earth and space.
There are two ways to find a location to participate near you:
Registration information is posted on the Space Apps web page.
[ANS thanks NASA's International Space Apps Challenge for the above
The Fox-In-A-Box Raspberry Pi SD card for setting up a
Raspberry Pi-based telemetry station for the Fox-1 satellites
now supports the Raspberry Pi 4.
Get yours today on the AMSAT Store!
FO-29 is reported to be back in operation after being off the air
since last July:
Modes: Analog - CW, SSB voice
Telemetry: JA - CW, 100 mW
Uplink: 146.000 MHz - 145.900 MHz LSB/CW
Downlink: 435.800 MHz - 435.900 MHz USB/CW
Telemetry: 435.795 MHz, CW - 100 mW; frame rate of one frame per
minute. Each frame begins and ends with
the historic 'HI'. The characters are sent
at a rate of about 100 characters per minute.
Sponsor: JAMSAT, JARL
Mineo Wakita JE9PEL offers a nice FO-29 Satellite CW Telemetry
Analysis Program for free on his web site. The program is called
"fo29cwts". Mineo's web site is:
[ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above information]
AMSAT-DL Memorandum Regarding QO-100 Operation
AMSAT-DL and QARS asks the users of the new geostationary QO-100
satellite for radio discipline. During the last weeks some stations
have been transmitting with much too much power and sometimes out-
side of the official band limits. Also permanent carriers are sent
without indication of callsign. This was also critically observed
in the control center of Es'hailSat in Qatar.
Please do not send louder than the CW beacon.
Stick to the band plan: No operation is allowed below the CW beacon
and above the PSK beacon.
The satellite is not a measuring device: To test your power ampli-
fier in continuous operation, please use a dummy load and a suitable
Check regularly the bandwidth of your transmissions, maximum band-
width 2.7 kHz, no FM.
Qatar has made a great gift to the amateur radio community with the
Qatar OSCAR 100 satellite. We should act accordingly. Please, kindly
point this out to other stations on the transponder. If there are
still violations, in the worst case a temporary shutdown could be
A video describing the LEILA-2 power detection system aboard QO-100
can be accessed at:
[ANS thanks Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, and AMSAT-DL for the above information]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ AMSAT-DL reports the sad news of the passing of Hanspeter Kuhlen,
DK1YQ, who died suddenly last weekend. Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, wrote
on behalf of the Rudak and AMSAT-DL team, "We're going to miss him.
Our hearts are with his family." Hanspeter was the Project Manager
for RUDAK on OSCAR-13 and on OSCAR-21/RS-14. He was also part of
the command station team for OSCAR-10 and OSCAR-13.
+ AO-73's BPSK telemetry downlink on 145.935 MHz includes text mes-
sages, called FITTER messages, for announcements, greetings, and
commemorations. Satellite users can have their message uplinked by
the FUNcube team so that it can be read globally in the downlink
message stream. Simply email: operations(a)funcube.org.uk to request
FITTER messages to be uploaded. Please keep them short and give them
a couple of weeks notice if you can. As well as being available for
download on 2 metres they can be also be seen via the internet at:
+ Fred Kemerer, AB1OC, has documented a satellite station set-up based
on the Flex 6000 series radios on his blog at:
+ APRS on IO-86 uses aliases of ARISS and YBSAT - APRS operation is
active on a schedule alternating with the FM repeater and the other
primary payload of LAPAN A2/ORARI. Typically one in the morning and
another one in the evening. Please check twitter @lapansat for the
weekly schedule. (Yono, YD0NXX, AMSAT-ID Technical Team)
+ This article covers available SDR hardware, software and configura-
tions, but it also teaches a little radio theory and a taste of the
mathematics to understand what's going on:
+ 2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in
Space. To help celebrate, AMSAT is sponsoring the AMSAT 50th
Anniversary Awards Program. Full details are available at
Bruce Paige, KK5DO, Director of Contests and Awards, reported
this week that the awards are being printed and will be sent
shortly to all those who have applied.
+ The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019 for K-12 students
in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020
Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the
rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Name the Rover
contest is part of NASA's efforts to engage students in the STEM
enterprise behind Mars exploration and inspire interest in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA posted all the info
+ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has produced a safety guide for
approaching a black hole. Watch this video before you blast off to
learn more about black holes and (more importantly) how to stay
Brochures, science video clips are available for downloading from:
NASA has produced a visualization
model of the appearance of a black hole depending on the observer's
angle of approach https://youtu.be/o-Psuz7u5OI
(NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
+ AMSAT-SA Space Symposium 2020 in South Africa is planned for
July 18, 2020. The theme will be: Amateur Radio in Space – explor-
ing VHF, UHF and Microwaves. The latest information will be post-
ed at: http://www.amsatsa.org.za/
+ AMSAT SA has announced that parallel to its analogue Kletskous
CubeSat, the group is working on a digital project featuring a
Software defined transponder. Called AfriCUBE, the CubeSat will
use the same space frame as KLETSKOUS. Anton Janovsky is current-
ly building a prototype transponder. AMSATSA is inviting persons
interested in becoming part of the development team to send their
details to admin(a)amsatsa.org.za.
+ Dance like nobody's watching! A Boston Dynamics robot performs
its gymnastics floor routine: https://youtu.be/_sBBaNYex3E
[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]
In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
73 and remember to behave and to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org